Kevin A. Klika
President and Chief Operating Officer
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Chief Financial Officer
Chief Human Resource Officer
Chief Strategy Officer
Kevin A. Klika is the President and Chief Operating Officer for MV Transportation, the largest privately-owned passenger transportation contracting services ﬁrm in North America and a leader in providing the specialized on-demand ADA-compliant transportation of persons with disabilities and the elderly. The company employs more than 15,000 dedicated transit professionals in 150 locations.
Kevin brings nearly 30 years of executive-level leadership in public transportation. He is an operational expert known for his dynamic leadership approach and steadfast focus on key performance indicators.
Kevin initially joined MV in 1999 after holding regional executive roles for companies including Laidlaw Transit Services, Mayflower Transportation, and Dave Transportation. At the time, he was personally selected by MV Owner Alexis Lodde for his extensive experience, financial acumen, and ability to rally the workforce to achieve operational performance improvement continually.
Kevin’s leadership role with the company expanded and evolved as the company experienced tremendous growth. From 1999 to 2003, Kevin served as MV’s President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing MV’s ever-growing operating locations. He led the company through tremendous growth during this period. In 2003, due to its significant expansion, MV regionally restructured operations to better serve customers and promote further growth. At this time, Kevin was promoted to western region president.
In 2008 Kevin returned to the role of president/chief operating officer – this time for a much larger company. From 2008 through 2019, Kevin successfully grew the organization by 113 percent, with revenues exceeding $1.3B.
During his short retirement from 2019 to 2022, Kevin remained active in the public transit industry, serving as a consultant for new and emerging transportation companies. He provided guidance and best practices in operational excellence, customer engagement, financial investment, business development, and regulatory compliance.
In 2022, Kevin rejoined MV as President and Chief Operating Officer. Today his work focuses on assessing our operational performance as the company emerges from the impacts of the pandemic. He is currently meeting with MV customers and our local teams to identify opportunities for enhanced service quality, KPI adherence, and innovative programs designed to propel transit systems to success.
Jamie Pierson is the Chief Financial Officer for MV Transportation, the largest privately-owned passenger transportation contracting services ﬁrm in North America and a leader in providing the specialized on-demand ADA-compliant transportation of persons with disabilities and the elderly. The company employs more than 15,000 dedicated transit professionals in 150 locations.
Jamie joined MV in 2022 and oversees the company’s finance operations — including financial planning and analysis, financial reporting, shared services, internal audit, tax, treasury, and procurement.
Most recently, Jamie was CFO of Ecobat Technologies which is the world’s largest battery recycler. Previously, he was a board member and CFO of YRC Worldwide / Yellow Transportation (NASDAQ: YELL), where he was responsible for both the financial and operational strategy of the company. In addition to his financial responsibilities, Jamie managed relationships with credit rating agencies, financial and industry analysts, lenders, and shareholders. Jamie has 10 years of public company CFO experience and 20 years of investment banking, financial restructuring, advisory, and corporate development experience.
Jamie has led several multi-billion turnarounds and secured the largest CARES Act loan in the transportation industry history during the pandemic. His prior experience includes Alvarez & Marsal, Prime Source Building Products Inc, and Horizon Global Corporation.
Jarrett Andrews is the Chief Human Resources Officer for MV Transportation, the largest privately-owned passenger transportation contracting services ﬁrm in North America and a leader in providing the specialized on-demand ADA-compliant transportation of persons with disabilities and the elderly. The company employs more than 15,000 dedicated transit professionals in 150 locations.
Jarrett leads all human resources functions, including succession planning, talent development, performance management, beneﬁts, salary administration, labor relations, employee engagement, and sourcing. He plays a significant role in MV’s overall performance promoting operational effectiveness, elevating team performance through innovative leadership, and driving execution of organizational strategy. He fosters a culture of inclusion and collaboration.
Prior to joining MV, Jarrett was a shareholder in the Dallas office of Littler Mendelson, a national law firm specializing in employment and labor law. He joined Littler from Energy Future Holdings Corp. where he last served as Managing Counsel, responsible for compliance by the parent company and all its subsidiaries with all laws and regulations governing the employment relationship.
Jarrett is Board certified in Labor/Employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction held by fewer than 10 percent of Texas attorneys. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law and magna cum laude from Texas Tech University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is also certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Chris Burls is the Chief Strategy Officer for MV Transportation, the largest privately-owned passenger transportation contracting services ﬁrm in North America and a leader in providing the specialized on-demand ADA-compliant transportation of persons with disabilities and the elderly. The company employs more than 15,000 dedicated transit professionals in 150 locations.
Chris is responsible for developing MV’s strategy and initiatives portfolio, and assisting with the leadership of MV’s various transformation programs. Chris maintains a focus on early identification of disruptive trends and partnerships that support the successful execution of the company’s strategic initiatives.
Chris has extensive experience in corporate strategy roles, including heading up Strategy and Corporate Initiatives for Luminant, an Energy Future Holdings (EFH) subsidiary, where he worked alongside the executive team to develop and execute key strategic initiatives, provide input on mergers and acquisitions, and help develop public policy. Most recently, Chris served as the Director of Investor Relations at EFH, where he oversaw communications with the investment community and served as Chief of Staff to the CEO.
Chris holds an MBA from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida A&M University. He and his family live in Dallas, Texas.
Chief Customer Success Officer
Chief Information Officer
Chief Maintenance Officer
Gary Coles is the Chief Customer Success Officer for MV Transportation, the largest privately-owned passenger transportation contracting services ﬁrm in North America and a leader in providing the specialized on-demand ADA-compliant transportation of persons with disabilities and the elderly. The company employs more than 15,000 dedicated transit professionals in 150 locations.
Leading the Customer Success Team, Gary and his team work closely with MV customers, agency board members, local transit advocates and elected officials to create opportunities for public transit to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities with a roadmap of rider-focused MV and partner solutions. Gary also develops strategies that strengthen relationships and influence the expansion of MV’s footprint with targeted customers and markets.
Since joining MV in 2008 as Vice President of Business Development in the Central region, and later as Chief Sales Officer, Gary has been a driving force for MV’s growth. Along with his long-tenured experience in the transportation market – including stops at Veolia and Greyhound – Gary has demonstrated a clear strength in customer relationship management.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Mary Washington College and a certificate in finance and accounting for non-financial managers from Southern Methodist University. He has previously served on the board of directors for three associations, including the New England Bus Association, the Bus Association of New York, and the Pennsylvania Bus Association.
Jim Haring is the Chief Information Officer for MV Transportation, the largest privately-owned passenger transportation contracting services ﬁrm in North America and a leader in providing the specialized on-demand ADA-compliant transportation of persons with disabilities and the elderly. The company employs more than 15,000 dedicated transit professionals in 150 locations.
Jim is responsible for MV’s overall technology strategy, underlying IT Infrastructure and business systems support for both internal external customers across the United States and Canada. In 2022 Jim added the company’s procurement function to his areas of responsibility.
Jim brings over 30 years of experience in IT service delivery including IT operations, Data Center Management and Migration. He joined MV from DXC Technology, where he led Offering Delivery and Transformation, including Cloud, Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Applications, and Workplace/Mobility. He was responsible for a $3B budget, more than 13,000 employees in 50 countries and the most complex digital transformations for the company’s largest clients. Prior to DXC, Jim was the lead for Project Delivery for Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing (ITO) for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), accountable for the execution and profitability of over $1B of projects/service requests as well as management of the common methods and standards for global build services. Jim managed the complex carve out of the infrastructure in the HP/HPE split and helped define the future operation model for the infrastructure business. He has also previously held the role of Global Account Operations Manager at Kraft Foods, one of HP‘s largest accounts, where he led a team of more than 1,000 people in delivering services across multiple portfolio segments for a $1.5 billion contract.
Jim is a graduate of the International School of Ministries and holds a certified Computer Operator designation. He and his family live in Frisco, Texas.
Ted Navitskas is the General Counsel for MV Transportation, the largest privately-owned passenger transportation contracting services ﬁrm in North America and a leader in providing the specialized on-demand ADA-compliant transportation of persons with disabilities and the elderly. The company employs more than 15,000 dedicated transit professionals in 150 locations.
Ted provides MV and its board with legal, compliance, and strategic guidance, with an ongoing focus to improve the company’s overall legal risk profile.
Ted joined MV Transportation in 2015 as Vice President and Associate General Counsel, responsible for corporate law and contracts. Prior to MV Transportation, he was General Counsel and Secretary of Ennis-Flint, the world’s largest manufacturer of road and highway markings.
Before Ennis-Flint, Ted was engaged in the private practice of law with Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and Hallet & Perrin, P.C. in Dallas, Texas, and Chadbourne & Park LLP in New York, New York; he specialized in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities, and bankruptcy.
Ted is a graduate of Texas Tech University and the University of Michigan Law School.
Jim Schultzman is the Chief Maintenance Officer for MV Transportation, the largest privately-owned passenger transportation contracting services ﬁrm in North America and a leader in providing the specialized on-demand ADA-compliant transportation of persons with disabilities and the elderly. The company employs more than 15,000 dedicated transit professionals in 150 locations.
Jim is responsible for the company’s team of highly experienced maintenance professionals and facilities and directs MV’s maintenance and fleet strategies. Jim is currently leading strategic investments and innovation in predictive maintenance and advanced training and support for electric vehicle platforms that enable MV to deliver the best customer experience.
Jim brings a unique depth of experience in maintenance and operations that enables him to effectively navigate through complex issues while providing the leadership and building best practices for continued success. Since joining MV in 2009, Jim has held multiple roles of increasing responsibility to include his most recent role as Senior Vice President of Operations for Southern California where he managed the company's largest region, encompassing over 3,000 employees and 30 customer contracts. Jim has also managed complex maintenance operations while serving in the U.S. Army and as a contractor for the U.S. Border Patrol.
Jim and his family reside in Dallas, Texas.
Chief Sales Officer
Vice President, Safety
Vice President, External Affairs
Scott Sosnowski is the Chief Sales Officer for MV Transportation, the largest privately-owned passenger transportation contracting services ﬁrm in North America and a leader in providing the specialized on-demand ADA-compliant transportation of persons with disabilities and the elderly. The company employs more than 15,000 dedicated transit professionals in 150 locations.
Scott is responsible for ensuring MV’s sustainable revenue growth with oversight of sales and marketing strategy, planning, and execution for all the company’s business segments. Scott’s team includes marketing, business development, proposal creation, and regional sales focused on aligning the objectives of the organization with our customers’ needs.
Scott has more than 20 years of sales and operational leadership experience, helping transform sales programs, improve sales processes, and implement new training, compensation, and client engagement models. Before joining MV, Scott held a number of leadership roles in the technology services sector, most recently as President of NTT DATA’s Commercial Services business segment where he oversaw the growth and profitability of the company’s customers in the transportation and logistics, retail, travel, and education industries. Prior to NTT DATA, Scott led strategic sales at Dell, where he was responsible for the sales, solutioning, and contracting of large-scale outsourcing transactions across all lines of business, market segments, and regions as well as infrastructure outsourcing solution sales for North America and EMEA.
Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy. He and his wife live in Fairview, Texas.
Stephanie Weber is the Vice President of Safety for MV Transportation, the largest privately-owned passenger transportation contracting services ﬁrm in North America and a leader in providing the specialized on-demand ADA-compliant transportation of persons with disabilities and the elderly. The company employs more than 15,000 dedicated transit professionals in 150 locations.
Stephanie is responsible for ensuring that our operators are properly trained to deliver the safest and most reliable customer experience in the industry. Stephanie, along with her team of Safety Directors, manage and coordinate MV's safety policies and practices to achieve successful regulatory compliance and risk management in support of field operations.
Prior to joining MV in 2016, Stephanie managed a sales operations team for a $1B+ company where she evolved the organization's reporting and analytical capabilities, enabled management to run successful initiatives, and implemented sales-enabling tools and resources. Stephanie has a track record of consistent success in identifying critical areas of need and performing all phases of business optimization to assure operational quality and lasting improvement.
Stephanie graduated summa cum laude in Finance and Business Administration from Illinois State University and holds an advanced degree in Business Analytics from Loras University. She is a Certified Safety Supervisor through the North American Transportation Management Institute.
Michael P. Ralsky is the Vice President of External Affairs for MV Transportation, the largest privately-owned passenger transportation contracting services ﬁrm in North America and a leader in providing specialized on-demand ADA-compliant transportation of persons with disabilities and the elderly. He is a global public affairs expert known for shaping government policies and ESG programs that boost profitability and credibility.
Michael is responsible for building and establishing relationships with local, state and federal government officials to advance the company’s strategic objectives and protect the company’s business plans and interests.
Prior to joining MV, Michael served as the VP for Public Affairs and ESG for a Fortune 500 energy company. There, he established the function and delivered best-in-class advocacy, sustainability and communications services.
Michael’s corporate experience also includes international trade and government relations-focused roles with two other Fortune 500 companies, in the automotive manufacturing and insurance industries.
Before entering the private sector, Michael served in a variety of Executive Branch positions, including roles with NASA, the Pentagon and the White House. Michael’s public sector experience began on Capitol Hill where he served three U.S. Senators.
A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Michael lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and two children. He is a member of the Tennessee District Export Council.
Harry Wilson joined the MV Transportation Board of Directors as Executive Chairman in 2022. Mr. Wilson, the Founder and CEO of MAEVA Group, LLC, is a nationally-recognized expert in corporate transformations, growth initiatives, turnarounds and restructurings and in helping businesses work through complicated transitions, as an investor/owner, senior executive, advisor or director. His work has focused particularly on positioning companies in transition to grow, create jobs and create value for years after the initial transformation work is complete.
Mr. Wilson spent his early career as an investor at some of the nation’s top financial firms, working primarily to invest in and to improve companies. Mr. Wilson spent most of this period at The Blackstone Group, the world’s largest private equity firm, and credit investment fund Silver Point Capital, where he was a partner. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wilson worked at the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Throughout most of his time at these firms, Mr. Wilson led complicated transactions, as an investor and often board member, across a broad range of industries and geographies, working closely and collaboratively with senior management. These transactions typically involved major operational and/or financial transformations; significant acquisitions or asset sales; and/or strategic transitions at the company.
In 2009, Mr. Wilson served as a Senior Advisor in the United States Department of the Treasury. He worked as one of the four leaders of the Auto Task Force, which was responsible for the Treasury’s role in the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler. Mr. Wilson led a team that was responsible for the business and financial work of the Task Force and also led a team overseeing the financial and operational restructuring of General Motors – the largest industrial turnaround ever. In their work, Mr. Wilson and his team worked closely with senior management to help develop a new operating plan that dramatically reduced the Company’s fixed cost structure and transformed its balance sheet, setting the stage for General Motors to generate dramatically improved operating results and record profits in the years since.
Currently, Mr. Wilson is the founder and CEO of MAEVA Group, LLC, a boutique merchant bank he founded in 2011. MAEVA focuses primarily on investing in or acquiring companies undergoing major change, or advising companies going through similar operational or financial transformations, so that these companies can better compete and thrive in the future.
Mr. Wilson has served on a long list of public and private company boards of directors. He has served on the boards of public companies Genesis Healthcare, Inc. (2021), Horizon Global (2019-2021), Sotheby’s (2014-2019, through its highly successful sale), Visteon Corporation (2011-2020), Yahoo! (2012-2013) and YRC Worldwide (2011-2014), as well as a number of successful private companies earlier in his career. He currently serves as the Executive Chairman of MV Transportation, Inc., the largest privately-held transit company in the United States. In each of his recent director roles, he was asked to join the board by one or more major investors who wanted him to work with senior management and the Board to help better position the respective company for long-term growth and success during a critical transition period. In each case, each company experienced a substantial increase in shareholder value during Mr. Wilson’s tenure that, collectively, more than doubled the return of the market over the same period of time. As a result, shareholders have seen billions of dollars in increased market value and tens of thousands of jobs were preserved or created.
Mr. Wilson has been active in philanthropic and policy circles. He once served as a Presidential Appointee to the Advisory Committee of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC, 2011-2014), the federal agency responsible for insuring the pension benefits of private sector employees. He has served on several not-for-profit boards, including Youth, INC, a venture philanthropy not-for-profit focused on troubled New York City youth, and currently on The Hellenic Initiative, the leading Greek-American philanthropy. He and his wife, Eva Romas Wilson, co-head MAEVA Social Capital, which seeks to contribute to and help grow promising nonprofits supporting the social, emotional and intellectual development of at-risk young children. He has also been very active in youth sports, coaching all four of his daughters on various teams.
Mr. Wilson earned an A.B. in government, with honors, in 1993 from Harvard College (making him the first in his direct family line to graduate from college) and also earned an MBA in 1999 from Harvard Business School. In high school, Mr. Wilson was selected as one of 141 United States Presidential Scholars, considered the nation’s highest academic honor for high school students, under President George H.W. Bush. Harry and Eva have been married for 25 years and are raising their four daughters in Westchester County, NY.
John C. Rogers has had a diverse career in business, politics, and government. John founded RL Leaders and served as its CEO until selling the enterprise to partners in 2022. RLL is a consulting enterprise serving the US Government, specializing in alternative analysis and creating custom technologies that have served as the nexus of the national security community and Hollywood creatives for nearly two decades.
In 2019, John published his first book, “The Renaissance Campaign,” an exploration of deep applied creativity and the challenge of turning blue-sky ideas into reality. John’s keynote address “The Power of Perspective,” first delivered at the 75th Anniversary of Bretton Woods, delivers essential lessons from “The Renaissance Campaign” to business leaders and influencers.
John also co-founded Seattle-based Apira Technologies, a digital technology company, and founded Capstone National Partners, a bipartisan government affairs company in Washington, DC, and Milwaukee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of private and not-for-profit entities while remaining an active founder of the businesses he started. He is the past Chair of the National Brain Aneurysm Foundation and has been on the board of Dallas-based MV Transportation since 2015, serving as the interim CEO in 2017 and elected Vice Chairman in 2022.
Alex Lodde is a co-founder of MV Transportation, Inc. and remains an owner of the company, as well as a board member. Alex previously served as CEO, from the company’s founding in 1975 through 2000, and again from 2008 until 2010.
Alex’s focus on growth and execution of the company’s mission has remained steadfast. Under his guidance and astute business acumen, MV transformed from a family-owned mom and pop business to an aggressive competitor in an ever-changing transportation industry. He has consistently challenged MV’s executive leadership team to surpass its growth goals while providing excellent service to clients and passengers alike.
An entrepreneur at heart and an architect in spirit, Alex’s vision of building a company that can compete on every level, while still offering our clients a cost-effective solution to their transportation needs, has manifested in the team MV proudly offers as its corporate leadership. Further, his role on the company’s board of directors assures corporate governance that is consistent with not only this vision, but the changing dynamics of public transportation and its operating environment. Throughout MV’s existence, it has not been uncommon to find Alex in one of the company’s many divisions greeting drivers during their 4 a.m. pullouts, dispatching routes dressed in a driver’s uniform, motivating employees to achieve their performance goals or meeting with riders to assure them MV is always ready to serve their transportation needs.
Feysan Lodde is the visionary who transformed transportation contracting with the founding of MV Transportation. She remains an owner of the company, a member of MV’s Board of Directors, and a fierce defender of disability rights.
Lodde’s commitment to serving individuals with disabilities, as well as giving back to her community, is fueled by an unwavering drive to improve the quality of life for those most in need. MV’s motto, “we provide freedom” reflects her story, and captures the spirit with which she leads the organization.
Beginning as MV’s first vehicle operator, dispatcher, road supervisor, manager, and community liaison, Lodde exemplifies all that MV represents – a commitment to professional development for employees and dedication to providing the best service possible to our clients and riders. She has travelled the roads – literally and metaphorically – that each of MV’s 20,000 employees travel each day, and has never forgotten what it takes to serve the passenger community.
Instrumental in MV’s historic volunteer efforts during Hurricane Katrina, Lodde spearheaded the company’s caravan to disaster stricken New Orleans in 2005. Under Lodde’s leadership, MV sent 52 vehicles and more than 100 personnel to assist in rescue and recovery operations for more than 2 months. While there, the MV team established shuttles between New Orleans and Baton Rouge for hospital patients to three of the city’s functioning hospitals, and transported military personnel and residents to various parts of the state. Shortly thereafter, Lodde established the Freedom of Mobility Foundation, a charitable branch of the company with the ongoing goal to increase access to transportation for persons with disabilities and seniors.
Today, Feysan Lodde helps guide the strategic vision of MV, working with the Board and its Strategic Advisors to promote the company’s successful growth and maturity. Her most recent undertaking is the creation and leadership of MV’s Blueprint For Continued Success, a committee dedicated to garnering feedback from employees to confirm that MV is living up to its promises to its employees, clients, and the communities we serve. Lodde is a member of several organizations, but finds her greatest joy in helping others through her many philanthropic endeavors.
Among her many awards, Lodde is the recipient of:
Scott Letier joined the MV Transportation Board of Directors in 2019. He has over 30 years of operating, investment and financial experience, having started his career as a CPA, and then becoming an operating company CFO, then a family office, and private equity executive.
Scott is the Managing Director of Deason Capital Services, LLC (DCS), the family office of Darwin Deason and family with over $1.5 billion in assets under management, joining DCS in 2014. In his role, Scott serves as the Chief Investment and Operating Officer and is actively involved in DCS’s investing in private and public equities and debt, and alternative assets. In addition, he manages the firm’s administrative, accounting, estate, and tax functions. Before joining DCS, he was the Managing Director of JFO Group, LLC, the family office for the Jensen family, from September 2006 to July 2014. Before Joining JFO, Scott had leadership experience serving as a private equity investment professional and chief financial officer and began his career in the audit and consulting groups at Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young).
Scott serves as the Chair of the Board of Conduent, Inc., (NASDAQ: CNDT) and serves as a member of the board of Xerox Holdings (NASDAQ: XRX) in the public markets. In addition, Scott is the Chair of the Board of Gardenuity, Inc., a tech-enabled retail and wellness gardening e-commerce company, Colvin Resources Group, a Dallas-based search and staffing firm, and Griffis Residential in the private markets. Scott recently stepped down as Treasurer, board member, executive committee member, and Chairman of the audit and finance committees of the Dallas College Foundation, after serving this non-profit for almost 22 years.
Scott is a Certified Public Accountant and has a BBA with a concentration in accounting from the Southern Methodist University – Cox School of Business.